With Father's Day on the way I always have fond recollections of the fathers I have had in my life. Like all special days it has its own characteristics. This is the day Dad gets his favorite foods, a handkerchief, necktie or maybe golf balls, or fishing lures, or a bottle of after-shave and a lot of hugs and kisses all around. A day that it's great to be a dad and get a little extra attention. However, like so many things that are good there are extra bonuses. Dads can really enjoy their day by claiming "executive rights" to their kids and having the time of their life!
Because Father's Day is in the time of the year when we all are expecting nice weather, we like to plan on eating outside or having a picnic. I'd just as soon eat at my own table, but I'm usually out voted by the rest of the family. I will agree that spring or early summer is better for eating outside than later on in the season. Bugs, food and I just don't go together. Though I do like preparing most of the food in advance and doing the meat on the grill. However, lately I've been doing my potatoes and vegetables on the grill. Mealy, soft-skinned potatoes are easily made on the grill by wrapping them tightly in foil and letting them steam at the edge of the coals, turning them often.
I recently had some large, sweet onions done this way and they were delicious. I have eaten the really big Bermuda onions that we blackened right on top of the coals. When they were tender all the way through, the guy cooking them, put on heavy gloves and shucked them. The insides were golden yellow and sweet without any burned flavor but with a roasted taste quite different from the foil wrapped one. When you are cooking on the grill, or an open picnic fire, don't be afraid to experiment.
This is a good marinating sauce for all cuts of beef. Marinate several hours or overnight, turning occasionally so that all the meat is well soaked. I'm sure the dad at your house will be King of the Barbeque with this recipe.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tablespoons sherry or
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
3 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 tsp. dry basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed.
Combine all ingredients and mix with rotary beater until well blended.
"May all you fathers be showered with time and attention on your special day."